Rafael Sabatini


Born
in Jesi, Italy
April 29, 1875

Died
February 13, 1950

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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English. " In all, he produced thirty one novels, eight short story collections, six nonfiction books, numerous u ...more

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4.17 avg rating — 13,349 ratings — published 1922 — 35 editions
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Scaramouche

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The Sea-Hawk

4.05 avg rating — 2,953 ratings — published 1915 — 206 editions
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Captain Blood Returns

4.20 avg rating — 821 ratings — published 1931 — 57 editions
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The Fortunes of Captain Blood

4.11 avg rating — 546 ratings — published 1936 — 34 editions
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The Black Swan

4.06 avg rating — 547 ratings — published 1931 — 18 editions
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The Life of Cesare Borgia

3.73 avg rating — 435 ratings — published 1912 — 92 editions
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Bellarion

4.22 avg rating — 207 ratings — published 1926 — 20 editions
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The Tavern Knight

3.45 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 1904 — 77 editions
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Mistress Wilding

3.71 avg rating — 207 ratings — published 1910 — 84 editions
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“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

“But I like my madness. There is a thrill in it unknown to such sanity as yours. ~ Book 1, Chapter 9,”
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“...it is human nature, I suppose, to be futile and ridiculous.”
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January 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  49 votes, 19.3%

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - 218 pgs, 1996
 
  40 votes, 15.7%

 
  34 votes, 13.4%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - 412 pgs, 1905
 
  27 votes, 10.6%

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - 400 pgs, 1945
 
  18 votes, 7.1%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  16 votes, 6.3%

 
  16 votes, 6.3%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  12 votes, 4.7%

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson - 240 pgs, 1919
 
  10 votes, 3.9%

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati, 198 pgs, 1940
 
  8 votes, 3.1%

 
  8 votes, 3.1%

 
  6 votes, 2.4%

The Vagabond by Colette - 252 pgs, 1910
 
  6 votes, 2.4%

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout, 285 pgs, 1934
 
  4 votes, 1.6%

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